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We have had the great fortune of working with Niv. We took recommendations from friends and did extensive interviews and reference checks - and were glad we decided on Niv. We had a major gut renovation of a 2-apartment combination with very strict coop rules/board and extensive NYC rules. Niv was able to envision the space with a concept that was unique to our style (modern and comfortable) and helped take us from this concept to granular detail. He is all things - architect, design, project manager - and created architect plans, lighting, electrical plans, and also sourcing for materials (flooring, concrete wall, tiles, bath, Bose sound system, window covering, appliances, furniture). My husband and I have very busy jobs plus two young kids. Niv kept us on track and pushed our contractors to make sure they were completing each project at a high quality and on time. Niv also helped us make decisions so that the materials arrived when the project called for them. Niv was the conduit for our board, for our building manager, for every representative that we needed to place orders with. We had thought we wanted to do the furniture selection ourselves, but Niv was so easy to work with and knew the overall concept that we decided to stick with him until the very end - including art. We are grateful to Niv and his hard work and attention to detail. We hope never to do another of these projects again - but if we did, we would go with Niv again. Not only do we have an amazing space but my husband and I still have a healthy and strong marriage. Highly recommend Niv!Read More

Niv is an amazing architect and fantastic person. I worked with Niv on the gut renovation of my apartment. During the design phase, Niv (of Atelier036) was creative in developing a design scheme that not only energized the apartment but brought light further into the darker spaces of the garden level apartment – striking the balance between design, budget, quality of materials, and lighting. To make this project affordable, Niv offered to purchase the materials directly from the vendor and coordinate the shipping schedules. This helped keep the GC costs down significantly.During the construction phase, he provided detailed, weekly progress reports which described project progress and critical path items to both the contractor and me. What perhaps impressed me most was Niv’s collaborative spirit and on-site problem-solving. Throughout the entire process, Niv was extremely responsive and pushed the general contractor to do his best work. In summary, I would definitely use him again on a future project and highly recommend Niv!Read More

Niv Ben-Adi, principal of Atelier036, planned and oversaw the gut renovation of our 1100 square foot Brooklyn Heights co-op. We purchased the co-op as a one bedroom space, and he helped us to redesign the space to convert it to two bedrooms with an open living room / kitchen combination. The work was extensive, and included: upgrading the entire electrical system, replacing all plumbing back to the risers, replacing the entire sub-floor and installing new floor / tile throughout, re-designing and moving the kitchen, installing a washer / dryer, replacing the old cast iron radiators, repairing / skim-coating existing walls, installing new lighting throughout and creating new, complex structural openings in load bearing walls on the 3rd floor of a 10 story building. Our building is 120 years old and located in a landmark historic district. We had complete confidence in Niv's ability to properly plan and oversee the job. I might add that we interviewed over a dozen architects before deciding on Niv, and he was a clear standout. Choosing the right architect is key to the success of a project. We would highly recommend Atelier036 and its principal, Niv Ben-Adi to anyone looking for an architect. Niv is a consummate professional. His ability to see the big picture and get to know his clients wants and needs is extraordinary. Niv is also very patient. He likes to approach each project as a blank slate, in order to maximize the space and to best meet his clients' needs. He is very willing to take the extra time to make sure that the planning and the actual job is done just right and to his client's satisfaction. He is also sensitive and accommodating when it comes to budgeting. He can help make those tough decisions easier - how / where to spend for the greatest impact. We could not be happier with the final product. Any one that comes to visit cannot believe how the space has been transformed. Niv is an expert in lighting and finishes, and the right lighting and finishes, we've learned, can make a small apartment feel like it is on a grand scale. Our home feels spacious, whereas before it felt dark and cramped. Niv is also not afraid to speak his mind when he feels strongly about something - his confidence in this area will translate to a stellar finished project. Ultimately, he will always let the client make the final decision and respect that decision, but he will always give his honest opinion as to what's best. We really appreciated that Niv drew on his expertise and experience to tell us what he thought was best, instead of just telling us what we wanted to hear. My husband and I started to say to each other "Niv knows" whenever we had a tough decision to make, and he really does. He never steered us wrong. We would work with Niv and Atelier036 again without hesitation, and we would like to provide the highest possible recommendation. We have no doubt that our project could not have come out better. We are extremely satisfied!Read More

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